What is your favorite .45 ACP revolver?


September 11, 2005, 06:38 PM
I've been looking at .45 ACP revolvers lately, and have been impressed with the Taurus Tracker and the S&W 25/625. I like the combination of revolver reliability (take it out of the nightstand/glovebox after a two-year storage and it still fires) and .45 knock-down power.
Anyway, I was wondering what were the favorite .45 ACP revolvers of THR members. I saw a recent thread re: the 625, so I'm sure the S&W crowd will be well represented.
Well, have at it. What is your favorite?


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Matt G
September 11, 2005, 06:49 PM
Why, the 1917s , of course. Isn't yours? :)

S&W and Colt New Service

September 11, 2005, 07:33 PM
Ruger Vaquero, since it's the only one that I have right now. :o
I am keeping my eyes out for a 1917 though...

September 11, 2005, 07:39 PM
S&W 625 Mountain gun. That 4 inch tapered barrel is a natural for .45 acp and it is a tack driver.

September 11, 2005, 08:08 PM
S&W 1955 target. I shot one once and since then I've wanted one so bad I can taste it.

PI Rob
September 11, 2005, 08:16 PM
The only one I have right now. A S&W 25-2 :D

September 11, 2005, 08:43 PM
MY 625-3 (love those 3" N-Frames). But my two 25-2's and 1917 are right behind.

September 11, 2005, 09:38 PM
I have two: an S&W 25-2, 6-1/2" and a Ruger 200th year Convertible Blackhawk, 7-1/2". Both were great shooters out of the box...I have reference targets for both showing X-ring Bullseye accuracy with their favorite target type loads.
That said, the Blackhawk, which can keep all its shots around an inch at 25 yds offhand with a cast semiwadcutter and under two inches at 50 yds with really heavy 'hunting' loads that would split the cylinder on the S&W, has to be my favorite. Plus it shoots very well with the .45 Long Colt cylinder, adding versatility. The Blackhawk shoots everything from pussycat rounds at 850 fps to real volcanics in the 1200 fps range, without a worry.
If I had to have just one, I'd probably opt for a 4 5/8" Blackhawk Convertible, with a stainless grip frame and extractor rod housing swapped in, and maybe one of those 50th Anniversary Micro rear sights if I could get it, or a Bowen if I couldn't. If you can't do it with that set-up, you can't do it!!

September 12, 2005, 02:02 AM
Ruger Convertible, 4 5/8" blue. It shoots like a house afire in ACP. I get more leading that I like with my cast bullets but boy, does it shoot. Not too bad in .45 Colt, either.

What I like about it is that it weighs in at around 38 ounces, which is pretty light these days for a bigbore revolver. Some of the stuff out there these days resembles the old mountain howitzer requiring a mule to transport it.

September 12, 2005, 02:05 AM
My 625 4 inch PC.... then my 1917....

September 12, 2005, 02:22 AM
1917 Colt, definitely, 1917 SW a close second.

September 12, 2005, 02:32 AM
Smith 625 with 5" barrel, the gun is a tack-driver, as are all the other 625s I've fired.

September 12, 2005, 06:12 AM
The one I love the most is the S&W Model 25/1955 target.

The coolest is the S&W 1917.

But the most fun is a faced off Webley No 1 Mk VI.

September 12, 2005, 07:15 AM
I loved my BH convertible... but, it was a SA - and a bit slow to load. I was switching over from my G21 and semi-auto's in general, and had lots of .45 ACP ammo to shoot up. It was great fun, but opened another door - the .45 Colt.

Three years ago, I added a 4" 625-8 in .45ACP/AR to my collection. I tried to wear it out over the next twenty months - probably at least 8-10k rounds through it before I sent it 'home' for a tightened b/c gap. A range-mate offered me a lot more than a new one ran - knowing it had just come back from S&W the day before. I said 'good-bye' to the ACP-launcher - even gave away my moonclips, AR speedloaders, and ammo. I reasoned that, since it was a full-lu, and I don't like full-lugs, I'd never miss it. My wife found the stash-o-cash, and we had a nice Gulf Shores vacation - the last before Ivan, Dennis, and Katrina would re-arrange that area.

Within days, I missed that revolver. It was a frugal big bore... and, only when I cleaned it would I notice that full lug. It would be nearly seven months before I would replace it with another 625-8 4"-er... the new-for-05 625JM I have mentioned here since buying mine in early Feb... great bargain! I am trying to wear it out, too... of course, as it is just fun. I reload, so I can detune it a tad - using 4.5gr Titegroup under a 230gr Berry's plated FMJ gives ~805 fps and a fast-to-follow-up plinker. The AR's I load from mild on up - great little rounds! I won't let this one go... it is the finest, most fun straight from the box (Almost - I did swap the hammer spring for a Wolff reduced power... and only use Federal primers, of course!) .45 ACP launcher I have ever owned. I can live with the satin SS and full lug, and that "J M" logo... sorry Jerry Miculek, my wife say's it means 'John's Money'!

John (aka 'Stainz')

September 12, 2005, 09:52 AM
I have two, both of which are great guns, but for different purposes. The first acquired is a Smith stainless 625 with a 5" barrel that shoots incredibly...far better than I can hold. Great at the range and for target games. The other is a Smith scandium 325 with a 3" barrel (and an action job) that is a great shooter as well, but best suited for "serious" purposes. Neither of these guns can be beat for their intended uses.


September 12, 2005, 10:19 AM
I notice that the last two replies come from the Great State of Alabama.
I am moving there next month (to work in Montgomery, sleep in Prattville AKA "Pleasantville" ;) ).

September 12, 2005, 10:26 AM
Alabama welcomes you with open arms, David!


September 12, 2005, 10:27 AM
I have two also. A Webley MkVI using .45 Auto Rim reloads and an Aldo Uberti SAA, .45 Colt, with 4 3/4" barrell. I bought the Uberti with some doubts as to the quality, but it has proved foolproof. In fact, comparing it with my Second Generation Colt SAA in .44 Special I can see no appreciable difference in trigger pull and overall finish.

September 12, 2005, 11:43 AM
Dan Wesson 7460. I like the flexibility of multiple barrel lengths and multiple calibers.

September 12, 2005, 02:09 PM
625, 4". Mild and accurate with major-power reloads for shooting games (idpa/uspsa), where a round-nosed bullet gives it an unbeatably fast revolver reload; or, still very comfortable and controllable with 45ar loads in Starline brass using Penn bullets' excellent 255 gr. SWC at 900 fps (equivalent of a classic 45 Colt load); or, a bit more abrupt but very handle-able with that 255 gr. SWC going 1100 fps for a serious woods-walkin' gun.

Fun, fast, and flexible.

September 12, 2005, 03:30 PM
S&W 25-2,among the most accurate handguns I've ever fired.

Tom C.
September 12, 2005, 07:24 PM
My .45 ACP revolvers are a S&W Model 25-2, that I got 30 yrs ago, and has had the barrel trimmed to 5" and an action job and narrow smooth trigger by the Performance Center. Shoots very nicely.
My other .45 ACP revolvers are stainless .45 Colt Ruger NMBHs, with 5 1/2" barrels, Wolff springs and a nice action job. I used 2 of them for several years in CAS. They are beautifully smooth and shoot very well. They are great for shooting inexpensive military ball, particularly stuff like Wolf, so you don't have to bother with cases.

September 12, 2005, 09:48 PM
I have missed the Ruger Blackhawk convertible ever since I let it go in a trade. Both 45 Colt and 45 ACP shot great in it, and it was veeeeerrrrrry versatile with a full range of possibilities just by changing the cylinder or the ammo.

My current favorite is the Taurus 455 Tracker 4" in 45 ACP. 45 ACP knockdown in a revolver, fast reloads with stellar clips, ribber grips to absorb recoil from hot loads, ported, lifetime warranty, and it fits the same holsters as my 7-shot 357 Mag and 5-shot 44 Mag. If it would just shoot 45AR so that I could carry six in loops for a tactical reload.

Good shootin'....

September 13, 2005, 06:34 AM

Another big welcome to Alabama, David! If you find yourself up this way want to visit a great range near Birmingham, the 'FOP Range Inc' in Pleasant Grove, contact me.

John (aka 'Stainz')

September 13, 2005, 10:52 AM
What is your favorite .45 ACP revolver?

Tough call. Really. I have a bag full to choose from. But if I had to pick... it would probably be the 625 V-Comp.


Wait... maybe it would be the PC625.


Or possibly... Oh heck, I like them all!!


September 13, 2005, 11:46 AM
625 .45 ACP Mountain Gun. The only way it could be any better is if it were an original 1950 Target with a 4" barrel and original Roper stocks. If I were forced to start parting with scrap iron, this one would be one of the last to go. It's practical, packable and can be loaded from mild (185gr .45 ACP wadcitters) to wild (250gr .45 Supers). All that with moonclips and a great action. What's not to like?

September 13, 2005, 06:53 PM
...like Joe Hatley, I'd choose a Smith & Wesson Model 625...but which ONE???


...so many Smiths, so little TIME....mikey357

Peter M. Eick
September 14, 2005, 08:24 PM

Any gun that allows me to put 50 rounds into a target like this at 15 yards, has my dieing love!

September 14, 2005, 09:43 PM

Except for the red dot scope, we have the same 625 PC V-Comp. Question: Do you notice much of a difference with the muzzel break on or off. I did not notice enough that makes me say it helps. I usually shoot mine with the muzzle nose guard in place. I believe the overall wieght of the gun itself does more to control the muzzle rise on this particular revolver.

nice picture...

September 14, 2005, 09:46 PM
...hey, Peter, are those "Coke Bottle" Target Grips on the pre-Model 25???...If so, I am VERY ENVIOUS!!!...I've got an S93,xxx pre-Model 26 that NEEDS grips like those....mikey357

September 15, 2005, 09:55 AM
Do you notice much of a difference with the muzzel break on or off.

The only time I can really "feel" the comp working, is with hot loads in the +P range. I think the .45 acp is just too low pressure a round to make much use of it. It doesn't seem to effect accuracy, so I just leave mine on.



Magnum PI
September 15, 2005, 09:23 PM

September 16, 2005, 11:14 AM
S & W 1917, 88 years old and still in service to the country. :rolleyes:

September 16, 2005, 03:36 PM
Gotta love the 625, but one of those Model 25's sure would be nice, too! :evil:

September 20, 2005, 02:05 PM
I've got more guns than I need but my 1955 25-2 would be one of the last to go. Mine has the 6 1/2" barrel, is cheap and pleasant to shoot and is accurate as the dickens. Love those old Smith blue jobs!

September 20, 2005, 02:27 PM
Had a model 26 6.5" that I liked but sold it in a weak moment (ya, I know :banghead: ). Also had a 4" 25-5 45 Long Colt and did the same (ya, I know :banghead: ). Liked it too.

I would LOVE a mountain gun in 45ACP. I'm not fond of stainless, but that has to be a perfect combination. Ya, a model 26 (or pre 26) in 4" would be a wonderful find, but $$$$$$$$!! I have a third model hand ejector 4" in 44 Special that will have to do for now(poor me :D ).

Too many Smiths, too little time. :evil:

Peter M. Eick
September 26, 2005, 07:46 AM

Yes they are "cokes". I have 3 sets on different guns. They work great! To bad S&W still does not make them....

September 27, 2005, 02:10 AM
S&W Model 25 "Model of 1955". It's a big N framed gun with a 6.5" bbl. I have owned it for 16 years and am still in love.

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